Fiesta Henderson, Boulder Station giving away free play

Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m., both Fiesta Henderson and Boulder Station are doing "hot seat" drawings (i.e., giving away free play to randomly selected players). At Fiesta Henderson one player is selected every minute to receive $50 free play and at Boulder Station a randomly selected player will receive $100 every five minutes. Both casinos are also doing drawings at 8:15 p.m. Saturday -- check at the players' club booth for full details.

Throughout August both the Bighorn and Longhorn casinos are paying "Instant Cash Bonuses" to players hitting four-of-a-kind in 5s through 10s (max coin played -- no wild cards) or getting a $50-plus slot or keno jackpot. Nickel-dime players hitting a four-of-a-kind receive $2 cash, quarter and half-dollar players get $5, and dollar players receive $10. Slot and keno winners get a $5 bonus. All bonuses are paid in cash and you do not have to be a Bigshot Club member to participate.

Palms players can "Earn a Backpack" Fridays-Mondays through Aug. 23 by earning 250 same-day points on slots ($250 coin-in -- no point redemption required) or 1,000 same-day points on video poker (not valid on machines marked as nonpromotional). Each backpack comes fully stocked with school supplies and may be kept or donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas.

Cannery players earning just $19 base points ($19 coin-in on slots, $38 coin-in video poker -- no point redemption required) from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays can swipe their card to win a minimum of 10 cents or up to $1,000 free play.

Every Thursday this month Plaza and Vegas Club players earning 1,500 same-day points ($1,500 coin-in) receive a $25 dining certificate valid at Stuffed Buffet, Firefly Kitchen and Bar, The Downtown Grill and Tinoco's Kitchen.

South Point players earning either 300 same-day slot/reel machine points or 100 same-day video poker points Mondays through Thursdays are eligible for a weekly gift. This week the casino is giving away a bamboo cutting board with cheese knife, next week's gift is an Igloo Maxcold cooler and the final week (Aug. 22-26) is a pizza stone set.

Bonus Point Days: Cannery (C.A.N. Club): 5x Mondays, 5x midnight-6 a.m. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Casino Royale (Club Royale): 2x 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 8-11 p.m., 3x 7-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.; Eastside Cannery (C.A.N. Club): 4x Sundays; Eldorado (Prime Rewards): 9x Wednesdays and Saturdays (penny slots only); Ellis Island (Passport Players Club): 6x Sundays and Tuesdays, 5x Fridays, 10x 3-11 p.m. Saturdays (some machines excluded); Gold Coast (B Connected): Young at Heart (50-plus) Mondays; Hacienda (Club Matador): 2x Mondays-Thursdays; Jerry's Nugget (More Club): 5x Fridays, 6x Saturdays; Jokers Wild (Prime Rewards): 9x Wednesdays and Saturdays (penny slots only); Opera House (Slot Club): 3x Fridays; Orleans (B Connected): Young at Heart (50-plus) 5x 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays; Railroad Pass (Players Junction): 2x Mondays, 3x Tuesdays; Rampart (Club Rampart): 2x Mondays and Wednesdays; Sahara (Club Sahara): 2x Fridays; Sam's Town (B Connected): Young at Heart (50-plus) Thursdays; Silver Nugget (Slot Club): 3x Fridays; Silverton (Discovery Club): 5x slots, 2x video poker Fridays; Suncoast (B Connected): Young at Heart (50-plus) 9x slots, 7x video poker Tuesdays and Thursdays; Station Casinos: 5x for seniors (50-plus) Wednesdays at all Stations and Fiestas; Terrible's (Players Club): 5x Thursdays (some machines excluded), 10x slots-only Sundays; Texas Station (Boarding Pass): 5x reels, 3x video poker midnight-6 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays; Tuscany (Players Club): 10x Wednesdays and Fridays, 5x Sundays, 5x midnight-5 a.m. Monday through Friday (some machines excluded).

The Player's Edge appears Fridays in Neon. E-mail Jeffrey Compton and Bob Dancer at jeffrey.compton